I believe every girl should know how to buy a diamond! Let’s face it, diamonds are a girl’s best friend. This is me right after Craig proposed.
I’m currently missing my diamond. I sent both my engagement ring and wedding band back to the jewelers because they weren’t fitting together correctly. I went to the post office yesterday so nervous to mail them. The woman who helped me probably thought I was crazy because I was so paranoid. She kept reassuring me they would be okay and that she would lock the package in the vault right away. I’m praying they have a safe arrival!
When it was time to buy a ring, Craig and I had no idea how to pick one out. I knew the style of setting I wanted, but I had no idea how to pick a diamond. I did a ton of research. I wanted to get a nice diamond, but I didn’t want Craig to go completely broke. Although, I think every guy goes broke for a little bit after this big purchase!
Whenever I need help with something, I always go to my favorite researcher – Google. I found most of the facts on the Gemological Institute of America, also known as GIA, website. There are four C’s when it comes to diamonds – color, clarity, cut and carat size.
1.) Color: The color of a diamond runs on a scale of D to Z. Diamonds with a D color are said to be the best because they have absolutely no yellow in them.
D, E, F = colorless, the diamond has no color to it.
G, H, I, J = near colorless, the diamond might have a tiny bit of color, but its not totally noticable.
K, L, M = faint color, you might be seeing some yellow in the diamond.
N, O, P, Q, R = very light color, it will appear a little more yellow
S to Z = light color, the diamond will have a yellowish look to it.
My jeweler told us to stay anywhere from a D to a J.
2.) Cut: Cut describes the diamond’s proportions. I believe it’s the most important because a great cut gives diamonds that sparkle every girl loves. You want to go for either ideal very good cut. I wouldn’t go any lower because your diamond will be less sparkly.
3.) Clarity: Clarity indicates how clear the diamond is. This is where you can downgrade a little if you are trying to save money. Here is the GIA scale:
- Flawless (FL)
No inclusions and no blemishes visible under 10x magnification
- Internally Flawless (IF)
No inclusions visible under 10x magnification
- Very, Very Slightly Included (VVS1 and VVS2)
Inclusions so slight they are difficult for a skilled grader to see under 10x magnification
- Very Slightly Included (VS1 and VS2)
Inclusions are observed with effort under 10x magnification, but can be characterized as minor
- Slightly Included (SI1 and SI2)
Inclusions are noticeable under 10x magnification
- Included (I1, I2, and I3)
Inclusions are obvious under 10x magnification which may affect transparency and brilliance
What does all this mean? I believe you can go as low as SI 1 and SI 2. The higher you move up, the more clear your diamond is (flawless being the best), but the price is a lot higher as well. If you can’t afford it, don’t worry. Not many people can afford a flawless diamond. A lot of diamonds that fall in the range of slightly included (SI 1 and SI 2) are awesome. They might just have a tiny speck you can’t see unless you stare really hard. Just make sure the diamond with a SI1 and SI 2 doesn’t look blurry. One speck is fine, blurry is not!
My diamond is an SI 1. The only inclusion is a tiny black speck in the diamond. You can’t tell at all unless I flip it over and point it out. The good news about that speck is every time I pick up my ring from the jewelers, I know it’s the original because of that tiny mark.
4.) Carat: This is the size of the stone. Obvisouly, the bigger the diamond, the more expensive. However, my suggestion is don’t sacrafice quality for size. Go down a bit in carat size and go up in cut and color. You can have a huge 3 carat diamond, but if you go down in cut and color, it’s noticeable. I would much rather pick a smaller diamond that sparkles and is near colorless. It’s quality that draws people’s attention to your finger!
Disclaimer: I am not a licensed gemologist; I used information on GIA website. And I truly love diamonds
- Diamond Engagement Ring: Know the 4 c’s of Diamonds Before You Buy (internationaldiamondjewelersdayton.wordpress.com)
- The Importance of Buying Only GIA Certified Diamonds (princessshapeddiamond.wordpress.com)
- Jewellery Basics (nimbarkjewellery.wordpress.com)